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This edition: Hollow City ("Na Cidade Vazia") (2004)

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Episode Details

First aired: January 30, 2016.

(2004, color, Angola|Portugal, Language: Portuguese w/English subtitles, 90 min.) Director/Writer: Maria Joao Ganga. Stars: Joao Roldan, Domingos Fernandes Fonseca, Julia Botelho. A group of children, fleeing the war, is taken to Luanda accompanied by a nun. When they reach the aeroplane, 12-year-old N'Dala decides to leave the group and to reconnoitre the city. The nun then starts her unceasing quest for the missing boy. N'Dala, only carrying a textile bag and a doll made of wire, walks through the busy streets filled with people and traffic. Later he finds the tranquility of the island off the coast, where he meets the old fisherman Antonio, with whom he becomes friends. Not much later, he meets the lively, whimsical Ze, who is a little older than he is. N'Dala starts to experience the city and its inhabitants as increasingly forbidding and he would most like to return to the countryside from whence he came. Then he meets Joka, a fringe figure who persuades him to help with a robbery in exchange for money.

Discussion Guest: Charles Martin, Queens College/CUNY.

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